Every Sunday at my parents’ house, we’d get home from church, go change into our comfortable clothes, and get ready for an afternoon of watching football, reading, or napping while my mom made soup for lunch. One of our favorite go-to soup recipes is this simple black bean soup. As long as you have a can of black beans, frozen corn, and a can of diced tomatoes, the rest is just whatever you have on hand. The additional ingredients are vegetables I try to keep in my fridge, so they are usually in my soup.
I’ve had people tell me they avoid beans because they are afraid of the um, “musical” effect they have on some people. If this concerns you, some ways to reduce this problem include cooking your beans with bay leaves, chewing each bite very well, and draining and rinsing your canned beans (although I don’t drain anything in this recipe). If you have recently starting eating more fiber than you’re used to, your body will adjust over time as it gets used to your new diet.
Beans are very important to include in your regular diet. They are the perfect blend of carbohydrates and protein, and are a great source of vitamins and minerals (which ones varies based on the type of bean).
Simple Black Bean Soup
- 1/2 large yellow onion
- 1 carrot, cut into coins
- 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 red bell pepper, diced
- 2 bay leaves
- 3/4 cup frozen corn (or canned)
- 1 can black beans, no salt added (do not drain)
- 1 can diced tomatoes, no salt added (do not drain)
- Seasoning of choice: Cajun seasoning, Herbamare, crushed red pepper, herbes de Provence, etc.
- Sea salt and black pepper to taste
- Optional garnish: diced avocado, cilantro, cashew cream, nondairy sour cream, lime juice, tortilla chips
- Dice the onion, pepper, and carrot, and mince the garlic. Saute all fresh vegetables and garlic in a half inch of water in a deep soup pot. Add the bay leaves.
- When vegetables are tender, add the corn, beans, and tomatoes. Stir until heated thoroughly.
- Add desired seasoning to taste.
- Serve with your favorite garnish.
Try this easy black bean soup recipe, and I’m sure you’ll add it to your regular dinner rotation!